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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Mets morning briefing 8.18.11

By Adam Rubin

The Mets beat the Padres, 7-3, on Wednesday to secure their first series win at San Diego since the opening of Petco Park.

Dillon Gee became the first Mets starting pitcher to allow fewer than two runs in a game since Mike Pelfrey at Dodger Stadium on July 5 -- a 36-game rut that was the longest streak in the majors since the 2002 Baltimore Orioles.

The Amazin's had last won a road series against the Padres in 2002 at Qualcomm (nee Jack Murphy) Stadium, when Al Leiter, Steve Trachsel and Shawn Estes posted wins in the four-game series.

Thursday's news reports:

Pedro Beato has heard about Terry Collins' idea that the rookie may be suited for a starting role, but Beato indicated he thinks he will be more successful as a reliever. "I’m more comfortable where I am right now,” Beato told Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger. “Starting wasn’t a highlight of my career. At all. I actually improved a lot more during the times that I’ve been in the bullpen these last two years. That’s where I see myself at, and that’s where I want to be at.”

The stats seem to bear out Beato's concern: In 20 starts with Class A Fredericksburg in 2009 -- his final season in the rotation before the Baltimore Orioles shifted him to bullpen work -- Beato's opponent batting average was .247 in the first inning, .269 in the second, .286 in the third, .284 in the fourth, .358 in the fifth and .400 in the sixth.  In 2008, when Beato made 19 starts for that same club, he more uniformly struggled, posting a 5.85 ERA.

• Given Jason Isringhausen's success, it stands to reason that he will pitch again in the majors in 2012, whether with the Mets or elsewhere. Still, Izzy -- who turns 39 on Sept. 7 -- told the Post's Mike Puma he will wait until season's end to firmly resolve to pitch again now that he has achieved 300 saves. "If I feel healthy, I'll have my agent talk to some people and see what kind of interest is out there," Isringhausen told Puma. "I'm not coming back for 500 grand again -- I know that. But in the same sense I knew coming in, this year wasn't really about the money. It was about proving to people I was healthy. We'll just see how it goes. My wife and I will have a lot of conversations and we'll see what happens."

Jose Reyes intends to test his strained left hamstring running Friday, as the Mets open a series at Citi Field against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. Terry Collins now says it's "conceivable" Reyes may be activated from the disabled list Tuesday at Philadelphia, the day the shortstop is eligible. The manager will have strategic rest days for Reyes when he returns. Promise. Read more in Newsday, the Record and Star-Ledger.

• Gee took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning, when he was drilled with a pitch in the top half of the inning. He then surrendered his lone run in the bottom half. Manny Acosta prevented a big inning with a bases-loaded strikeout of Jason Bartlett. Afterward, Gee said his knee was OK and it would not affect his next start. "It hurt for about 45 seconds and then it kind of went away," Gee said. Read game stories from the Mets' rubber-game win in the Star-LedgerRecord, Post, Daily News and Newsday.

• Newsday's Ken Davidoff attempted to speak with Fred Wilpon at the owners meetings in Cooperstown regarding Tuesday's federal appeals court decision that appears to put Mets owners on hook for $300 million in "fictitious profits" in the lawsuit brought by the trustee trying to recover funds for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Still, at a court hearing Friday afternoon, Wilpon and family could be freed from having to cough up an additional $700 million in principal, which trustee Irving Picard is trying to recover by alleging the Wilpons should have known something was not proper with Madoff's investment practices. Writes Davidoff:

Wilpon politely declined comment on anything and everything connected to this. "No questions, no answers," he told me and Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal. "I’m sorry, guys. I know it’s your job."

Johan Santana may wait as long as a week more before throwing off a mound. That would mean roughly three full weeks from his lone minor league rehab appearance until he steps atop the slope again, and suggests an uphill battle for Santana to get into perhaps more than one major league game before the season ends Sept. 28. And he may never appear in the majors this season. Santana may need four or five minor league starts once he gets into a game -- and he's not stepping right back into games.

• Pitching coach Dan Warthen tells the Post that Bobby Parnell, at least in terms of arsenal of pitches, is more equipped to be a closer than Francisco Rodriguez, the single-season saves record holder. "He certainly has much better stuff than K-Rod," Warthen told the newspaper. "But K-Rod knew what to pitch. He recognized bad swings. Bobby was a third baseman (in high school). He watches video. I don't know that he sees what he's looking at all the time."

• Interpreter Mike Peters, who may be looking for a job given Ryota Igarashi's Mets tenure appears to be nearing its end, is profiled in The Wall Street Journal. Writes Brian Costa:

From a baseball standpoint, Peters's most important role is as a bridge between Igarashi and coaches. When pitching coach Dan Warthen goes over hitters' tendencies in group meetings before the first game of every series, Peters takes detailed notes. When the game begins, he sits with Igarashi in the bullpen, translating his notes as each hitter comes to the plate. Away from the ballpark, Igarashi said the two try to give each other space. His English is decent enough that he can go food shopping or order at a restaurant on his own.

BIRTHDAY: Left-hander Pat Misch turns 30. Misch is 7-7 with a 4.34 ERA in 18 starts this season for Triple-A Buffalo.